Māori economic development is important not only for Māori, it is important for New Zealand’s overall economic performance.
As tāngata whenua, our migration to this region can be traced to the early 19th Century. Te Rauparaha, one of the leading chiefs of Ngāti Toarangatira, urged the people to migrate to the Kāpiti region in the south, where there was an abundance of land and resources, and greater opportunity to trade with Pākehā. Establishing the wealth and prosperity of our people was as much a priority then as it is today.
Tāngata whenua and The Kāpiti Coast District Council (The Council) collaborated to develop a Māori Economic Development and Well-Being in Kāpiti Strategy. The strategy was launched in 2013. Implementation of the strategy is by way of an annual grants funding process. This year, 2015/2016 marks the fourth year of implementation.
Māori economic development is important not only for Māori, it is important for New Zealand’s overall economic performance. In Kāpiti, tāngata whenua are making a strong economic, environmental, social and cultural contribution at a local, regional, national and international level. As iwi settle historic grievances through the Treaty settlement process, we are poised to become powerful leaders in the economic future of the whānau, hapū and iwi groups on this coast.
For Māori, economic wellbeing is inclusive of many features, it:
The Strategy can be found here:
Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti is pleased to announce that applications are being considered now for the Māori Economic Development Grants Fund (Fund). A total of $60,000 is available for projects that align to the Māori Economic Development Strategy.
The Fund aims to assist whānau, hapū, iwi, mātāwaka and Māori Business within the Kāpiti Coast District with costs associated with the ongoing development of Māori Economic Activity, in particular activity associated with:
Applications for the Māori Economic Development Grants commence on 29 February 2016 and close at 5pm on Friday 25 March. Final decisions will be made by the grant panel on Friday 8 April 2016.Closing date has been extended to 31 March 2016
For further information contact:
Māori Economic Development Grant coordinator
Kaituitui Pūtea Whanake Ohanga
Download the application form here
Recipients from previous years:
Kāpiti Island Nature Tours – funding has supported the establishment of:
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